Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is an important stop on many people's itineraries - it has become a tourist attraction in its own right. It is the largest animal sanctuary in the US and is home to some 2,000 dogs, cats and other animals at any given time. Visitors are welcome to tour the facilities. Many visitors volunteer to pitch in and help do the work involved in caring for the animals.

Some people make Best Friends a center part of their vacation, lodging nearby and mixing volunteer work days with side trips to the nearby national parks and monuments (Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Grand Staircase and other popular attractions are just minutes away).

The sanctuary is located in Angel Canyon, about five miles north of Kanab, along US Hwy 89. Signs clearly mark the turnoff. It is open year-round.

Guided tours of the facilities are offered on a scheduled basis throughout the day. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to learn tour times, so the staff can make arrangements to accommodate everyone. Call 435-644-2001 ext 4537. Tours begin and end at the Sanctuary Welcome Center, which is easy to find as you drive into the canyon.

Visitors can stay in cottages, cabins and an RV park right at the sanctuary, or in motels, B&Bs and resorts located in Kanab and throughout the area. Facilities at the sanctuary often book well into the future so plan ahead and make reservations if you want to stay on site. For more information, call 435-644-2001 ext. 4826.

People who want to do volunteer work are encouraged to call 435-644-2001 ext 4119 to make arrangements prior to their visit.

From its headquarters in Angel Canyon, Best Friends takes its "No More Homeless Pets" campaign to cities around the US and the world. It conducts pet adoption events and spay/neuter clinics. It is often called upon to help when natural or human-caused disasters threaten a large number of animals.

People need to be aware that the sanctuary cannon accept new animals without prior notification and approval.

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